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Deborah O Daniel (Toyin) is an Evangelist and a Christian Author. She grew up in a strict religious household but found Christ on her own, when it became clear to her that she had no relationship whatsoever with Him in spite of her strict upbringing, and had no purpose in life.  Deborah surrendered her life to Christ in 1992, but kept running from her calling owing to the severe trials she faced and the cares of the world, until she had a personal encounter with Him in 1999. She steps out of her comfort zone as led to fulfill her calling.  She also speaks openly about her childhood difficulties and the struggles she has had in life, to testify of the mercy of God and His awesome power. For more messages and a heart talk on living a fulfilled life in Christ, get the book, Walk the Winning Walk - free and available to new converts/believers in Christ from Divine Literature International.

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HIDDEN IDOLS

Reflection: Exodus 20:3-6, Exodus 20:23

When I was still in the world, the idol I innocently worshipped was solid gold jewelry. I mean, I had so much of it that I wouldn't even remember some pieces until I needed them. I had my man-made god securely kept in the safe deposit box in a bank. You would never find me at Sunday services, shopping, or running simple errands without it. I invested in gold jewelry: Bought it, sold it, wore it, and loved it to bits. Unknowingly, it was the man-made god that I had in my possession and worshipped, until it ruined and left me without a penny in my pocket (for real). The strange thing also, was that the whole venture was really stressful - I had no peace. That should have been a pointer, but I lacked spiritual discernment at the time. On one occasion, I was almost physically attacked by one of my debtors. She unleashed her ferocious dog to come after me. I had to rededicate my life to the Lord when He revealed deep things to me about the items, the business, and the ungodly activities some of those I was trading with were involved in. I then renewed my covenant with Him, ensured I no longer had any of the items in my possession, and stopped making attempts to recover money I was owed. As a matter of fact, I was fortunate that money was all I lost - the kingdom of darkness had other plans, but for the mercy of God and His awesome power.


This testimony is not to specifically say that you are committing a sin if you invest in, or wear gold, diamonds, or other precious metals. Speak to the Lord about it. In my own case, I idolized these possessions - that was the sin. The little fox! Also, in my wild desire for worldly possessions, the devil seized the opportunity to carry out his assignment and sent his agents my way. If you are a believer abiding in Christ, the Holy Spirit will convict you of excesses accordingly. Hopefully, you will heed His rebuke.

Many unconsciously worship idols just like I did, and do not know it. You need to do some soul-searching when you find yourself drawn to a particular thing or person more than the Lord. Seek the Lord for revelation. Solid gold was the idol I unconsciously worshipped; yours could be money, other assets, your career, your physical attributes, a portrait, your spouse, children - anyone, or anything for that matter. Ensure that you do not worship anything or anyone other than the Only True God. You do not have to physically bow to objects or persons for them to become idols that you worship. Anyone or anything that takes the place of God in your life, or is depended on more than Him is an idol. May we be guided!

Shalom, good people!


Yours Firmly in His Grip, ​


Deborah (Toyin) Daniel

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